Me and my wife will be traveling in North Thailand (Chiang Mai) in October and our next stop is Laos. After Laos we plan to continue to Hanoi (Vietnam).
The main places we want to visit in Laos are: Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Vientiane . However I'm curious what would be the best route for us? If we start in Chiang Mai, I though of 2 following options:
1. Going all the way to Udon Thani and enter Lao side via Friendship border passage which brings us directly to Vientiane. In this case we will do Vientiane -> VV -> LP and then fly from LP to Hanoi.
2. Entering Laos through Chiang Kong and then continuing in the opposite direction than in the first option. This would be then Chiang Kong -> LP -> VV -> Vientiane and the fly to Hanoi.
What do you think? Which way is more reasonable?
#1 EugeneS has been a member since 8/7/2012. Posts: 3
I would do the 2nd option simply because it is a lot closer and more scenic from Chiang Mai to Chiang Khong in the north than it is to the Friendship bridge near Vientiane . Also flights to Hanoi are slightly cheaper from Vientiane than from Luang Prabang.